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John Dewey's Philosophy of Education
A discussion of John Dewey's theories on experiential learning and the failure of progressive education.
# 144981 | 1,317 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 21, 2010 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Theory)

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The paper explains why Dewey believed that the one-way delivery style of authoritarian schooling did not provide a good model for life in democratic society. The paper discusses Dewey's notion of experiential learning and how it is linked to his notion of individualism. The paper explains why Dewey was against the progressive educational movement of his day, and then offers an argument in favor of Dewey's approach as opposed to the progressive approach. The paper concludes by considering if Dewey would approve of standardized testing, or the 'No Child Left Behind' legislation.

From the Paper:

"However, Dewey's educational philosophy, when put fully into action might seem radical even today. For example, Dewey suggested that math could by the teacher conducting a cooking class, or "figuring out how long it would take to get from one place to another by mule," while "history could be learnt by experiencing how people lived, geography, what the climate was like, and how plants and animals grew" (Neill, "John Dewey: Philosophy of Education," 2005). Dewey's notion of experiential learning is critically linked to his notion of individualism. Not only should education be experiential, it should build on the past experiences and interests of the student, and should consist of meaningful, experiential assignments designed for that particular student. For example, a budding Emeril might like to learn math through cooking, while a student excited by geography might be excited about measuring the distance between different places on a map. A good education is based on continuity and interaction--building upon the student's existing aptitudes, interests, and inclinations, and using them to teach the student something new."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Neill, James. "John Dewey, the Modern Father of Experiential Education."Experiential Learning. January 26, 2005. November 20, 2008.
  • Neill, James. John Dewey: Philosophy of education. Experiential Learning. January 26, 2005.November 20, 2008.

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